We're going online! ILA Awards Gala Saturday, June 6th

1 Jun 2020 9:22 AM | Anonymous

The PEI Writers' Guild is thrilled to announce that the Awards Gala for the Island Literary Awards, PEI Book Awards, and the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People will be available for viewing on the Island Literary Awards (www.facebook.com/IslandLiteraryAwards), the PEI Public Library Service (www.facebook.com/PEILibrary) and the PEI Writers' Guild (www.facebook.com/peiwritersguild) Facebook pages on Saturday, June 6th!

Given the COVID-19 crisis, the Island Literary Awards committee decided not to host in-person awards ceremonies this year in order to ensure everyone’s health and safety.

The committee has been actively busy revamping the awards, and these will be broken out into three different segments:

  • The Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People ceremony will be made available on Saturday, June 6th at 11am.
  • The PEI Book Awards will be made available on Saturday, June 6th at 2pm.
  • The Island Literary Awards will be made available on Saturday, June 6th at 7pm.

The online awards ceremonies will include many of the same elements as our in-person events. During the online ceremonies, Islanders will still be honoured for their work. First-place winners will have an excerpt of their work read, and all award recipients will still have the chance to hear what the jurors had to say about their submission. A digital copy of the program will be made available online and a hard copy will be mailed to all award recipients after the ceremony as a souvenir.

We invite you to share this information wide and far with family members, friends, and co-workers everywhere. By making these available online, our events will now be available worldwide! Our Island writers, as well as our sponsors and supporters, will not only get recognized here on our gentle isle, but also all over the world as anyone will be able to tune in and help us celebrate PEI literary achievement.

Your support towards the arts has never been more important as it is during these trying times. As the world turned dark, we turned to the arts, and we’re seeing this more and more with artists coming together to provide light to many in a time of uncertainty. Musicians are providing free online concerts. Artists are offering free virtual art classes. Dancers are encouraging people to express themselves through movement with free online classes. Authors are reading to people online. The arts community is known for rallying together, and it is so important to recognize them and offer them support now more than ever!

Stay safe—together we will get through this! And with the help of our artistic community, we can bring some light into the dark.

We look forward to celebrating our Island writers on Saturday, June 6th!



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